As 2013 fades to give way to another year, I sit here and radiate gratitude from my little space on the pale blue dot.
I am grateful that the universe, in its infinite wisdom, does not listen to me on the days when I am selfish, petty and singularly ungrateful for my life. That this year, while it took away another loved one, it still gave me so much in return.
I am grateful that I haven't had to witness the kind of despair I have known in the past, because this has been a kinder twelve months than many before.
Above all I give gratitude for being one of those people whose life, despite being riddled with some shadows, is largely lived in the light- that shines through family and friends, opportunity and hope.
And despite the deep abyss of uncertainty that looms in 2014, I take refuge in the knowledge that every day this year has been wrung to its fullest, and despite every sorrowful sunset I have been witness to, with every fibre of my being, and in every way possible, I am grateful for my life.